General News roundup

A quick roundup of some news headlines we’ve seen…

NAVCA are working with NHS England and NHS Improvement to conduct some research into partnerships between NHS Trusts and organisations within the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. If you could help them gather information and views then please complete their survey here https://forms.gle/WUWSDd899dtTUUXF8 before 2nd December. Thanks.

Modern Slavery: Please distribute this poster around your networks so that everyone is aware of the warning signs of modern slavery (attached).

NCVO have shared their Manifesto for the next government. Have a read of their blog about it here https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2019/11/11/ncvos-manifesto-for-the-next-government-a-bigger-role-in-building-our-future/ and the manifesto here “A bigger role in building our future” https://publications.ncvo.org.uk/bigger-role-building-our-future/

It might also be worth reading about “What charities need to know about the general election” https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2019/10/30/what-charities-need-to-know-about-the-general-election/ And if you’re a campaigning group, then this guide from BWB will tell you what you can and can’t do. https://bateswells.co.uk/2019/09/campaigning-and-grant-funding-bates-wells-guidance-for-charities/

The Third Sector Trends in the North survey is underway. It’s important for everyone to get involved. There are now over 2,000 responses to the study across the North. But to get good local  information for Yorkshire and the Humber, we still need you to take part – especially North East Lincolnshire. Whether your organisation or group is big or small, flourishing or struggling financially – or just carrying on more or less as normal – they need to hear from you. It takes just 15-20 minutes to do. You shouldn’t need to check up any facts and you can do it on your PC, laptop, tablet or phone by clicking here. Get involved now https://durham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/third-sector-trends-in-the-north-of-england-2019-live-s-2

The steering group behind the Charity Governance Code are continually looking to improve the code, taking into account the evolving understanding of what is good governance, and the changing expectations of the sector’s various stakeholders. As such, they have launched a consultation on how the code can be improved in anticipation of a ‘light refresh’ in 2020, followed by more far-reaching changes taking place in 2023. You can find out more and take part in the consultation here https://www.charitygovernancecode.org/en/about-the-code-1/improving-the-code

Looking for support, advice or knowledge? A new online tool is now out in Beta form. Visit MyCommunity BETA here https://beta.mycommunity.org.uk/ and see if you can find the help you need.

The National Children’s Bureau have just launched their “Manifesto for a Better Childhood”. This is a significant piece of work and if you’re engaging with children then this should be worth some of your time to read. Find it here https://www.ncb.org.uk/what-we-do/policy/manifesto-better-childhood

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Children in Need are visiting Grimsby on 10th December for a workshop and 11th December for appointments. Contact North Bank Forum for more info or to book http://www.sectorsupportnel.org.uk/.

VANEL are running a repeat of our “Better Bid Writing” full-day training session. It will be on 10th January 2020. Places are £50 per person. Further details coming soon, but if you’re interested then please let Karl at VANEL know so he can reserve your place.